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Troy Patton will report to Triple-A for rehab work
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Orioles pitcher Troy Patton, serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines, will report to Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday for a rehab assignment, the Baltimore Sun reports. If all goes well, Patton is eligible to be reinstated on April 30 against Pittsburgh.

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Zack Wheeler pitches well outside one bad inning Sunday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitched well outside of just one bad inning during a no-decision Sunday against the Braves. He was charged with three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six in six innings.

Wheeler opened the game with a pair of strikeouts in the first inning and had three strikeouts through two innings.

He was in control and holding a two-run lead before unraveling in the fifth inning. The Braves would produce three runs on RBI doubles from Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Freedie Freeman.

Wheeler got off the hook for the loss as New York tied the game at 3 in the sixth inning. He's expected to make his next start Friday against the Marlins.

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David Hale pitches well in likely final start for now
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Braves starting pitcher David Hale might have made his last start for the time being Sunday against the Mets, but he gave another strong effort in a no-decision. He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks, while striking out five in six innings.

Hale ran into some early trouble as the Mets went up 1-0 in the first inning on David Wright's RBI groundout. New York took a 2-0 lead on Dan Uggla's fielding error in the second inning.

Atlanta took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning, but New York was able to tie the game in the sixth inning on another fielding error by Uggla.

The Braves are expecting Mike Minor (shoulder) to rejoin the rotation Saturday against the Reds, which would be Hale's next turn through the rotation. There has been no official word yet of Hale being removed from the rotation, but it seems likely with how well Aaron Harang is pitching. Hale has a 2.93 ERA through three starts.

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Yordano Ventura lasts only four frames in loss to Twins
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura ran up his pitch count and lasted only four innings on Sunday, suffering his first loss of the season in his team's 8-3 defeat to Minnesota.

Ventura (1-1) surrendered a two-run double to Trevor Plouffe and run-scoring singles to Eduardo Escobar and Chris Colabello. He was charged with four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out six over four innings pitched. He tossed 94 pitched, 56 of which were called strikes.

Ventura saw his ERA rise from 0.69 to 2.65 after Sunday's loss. He's posted a 1.12 WHIP and 19:7 K:BB ratio over 17 innings pitched. He'll make his next start Friday in Baltimore.

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Phil Hughes gets back on track in win over Royals
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Twins pitcher Phil Hughes got back on track with a quality start on Sunday, collecting his first win of the season in his team's 8-3 victory over the Royals.

Hughes tossed four scoreless innings before allowing a run-scoring single to Omar Infante in the fifth and a two-run home run to Alcides Escobar in the seventh. He was charged with three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three over six innings pitched.

Hughes owns a 6.43 ERA, a 1.67 WHIP along with a 20:6 K:BB ratio over 21 innings. He'll look for win No. 2 at home Saturday against Detroit.

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Rafael Soriano picks up first win in 2014
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up his first win of the season during Sunday's 3-2 victory against the Cardinals.

Soriano (1-0) entered Sunday's game in the ninth inning of a 2-all contest. He retired the side in order in the top of the ninth, which included a strikeout of Shane Robinson. He earned the win after Denard Span won the game with a walk-off sac fly in the bottom of the ninth.

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Stephen Strasburg bounces back with nine-strikeout start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg bounced back from a rough start Tuesday at Miami to strike out nine during a no-decision Sunday vs. St. Louis. The right-hander was charged with two runs on five hits and one walk over six innings.

Strasburg, who allowed six runs in four innings Tuesday, got off to a great start Sunday, striking out two in the first inning.

He ran into some trouble in the second inning, as St. Louis collected three hits and one run. Strasburg didn't give up another run until opposing pitcher Shelby Miller had an RBI double with two outs in the fifth.

Strasburg left the game trailing 2-0, but was off the hook for the loss as Washington rallied for a 3-2 win. His next scheduled start is for Friday against the Padres.

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Josh Wall sent down to Triple-A after rough weekend
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Angels optioned reliever Josh Wall to Triple-A Salt Lake following Sunday's game against Detroit. Wall allowed six runs on five hits and three walks in one inning of work over two appearances against Detroit this weekend.

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Shelby Miller emerges unscathed despite five walks
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller was in line for a second straight win Sunday, but the bullpen couldn't hold a two-run lead as the Nationals rallied for a 3-2 win.

Miller had some control issues Sunday, walking a season-high five batters. However, he was able to work out of trouble most of the afternoon, as he tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and struck out seven.

Miller walked the bases loaded in the third inning, but escaped the jam by getting Adam LaRoche to strike out. Miller allowed a pair of two-out singles in the fourth inning, but got out of trouble by striking out Stephen Strasburg. He was finally lifted after allowing a one-out walk to Danny Espinosa and a one-out single to Jose Lobaton in the sixth inning.

Miller was able to lower his ERA from 4.67 to 3.57 in the no-decision. Miller will be back on the hill Friday against the Pirates. He lost in his first start against Pittsburgh April 4, allowing five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.

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Carlos Quentin headed to Arizona to continue rehab
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin (knee) will continue his rehab when he travels to the team's spring facility in Arizona at the end of the week, per MLB.com. 

"I think he's going to go on Thursday or Friday," manager Bud Black said, per MLB.com. "He's going to start doing baseball activities over there. He'll go out and practice with that group and do on-the-field drills, batting practice. We have our trainers and therapists over there."

Quentin will need a rehab assignment before joining the major-league roster.

"Probably at some point over there he might even get in some games, maybe DH to get some at-bats there," Black said. "When he goes through that process, then he'll go out on a rehabilitation assignment."

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